Top 20 Beautiful Temples in Thailand

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If you're interested in architecture, make sure not to miss some of these beautiful temples in Thailand and visit as many of them as you can.

Thailand is a country where one encounters temples nearly everywhere, no wonder there are more than 40,000 temples in Thailand. Depicting the Buddhism, there are must-see temples in Thailand. Below is the list of temples to visit in Thailand.

Top 20 Beautiful Temples in Thailand

Wat Mahathat Yuwaratrangsarit
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Wat Mahathat Yuwaratrangsarit

One of the royal temples of Buddhists located in the Rattanakosin area of Bangkok. It is in the north of the Grand Royal Palace.  Built during the Ayutthaya era, one of the ancient temples of Thailand and the center of Buddhist learning.

Monks are groomed to monkhood here. Pagodas and monasteries’ ruins are present on the premises of the temple. The temple has relics of Buddha, and the large central statue of Buddha is of gold.

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Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat
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Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat

It is located in Phitsanulok Province of Thailand. It is one of the best temples in Thailand. It has a famous gold plated Buddha image of Phra Attharos.

This image is one of the most beautiful pictures of Buddha cast. Ayutthaya style prang has relics of Lord Buddha here. It was built in the 14th-century. There is a museum nearby depicting the history and archaeology of the city and temple. This is an ardent pilgrimage for local Buddhists.

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Wat Ratchanatdaram
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Wat Ratchanatdaram

Built-in the 19th century, the temple is located in Phra Nakhon District. The 37 virtues that led to the enlightenment of Lord Buddha are amicably shown in 37 steeples. The iron steeples are well lit at night and look magical collectively called as Loha Prasat. A spiral staircase awaits you to take inside and appreciate the serene of the beauty of the temple. It is among the beautiful temples in Thailand.

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Wat Chedi Luang
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Wat Chedi Luang

Guided by the giant gum tree at the entrance, this temple is located in historic hub Chiang Mai. The high pagoda was built in between 1385-1402. Once decorated with Emerald Buddha, the most sacred relic of Thailand. But got damaged in the 15th-century earthquake, and only half of the chedis are left.

The structure remains impressive with the naga staircase, and lovely elephant statues beautifying the base. It is also one of the largest temples in Thailand.

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Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Chiang Mai

Wat Phra that Doi Suthep

Located on DoiSuthepmountain, it is the sacred site of Thai people. Within the premises, pagodas, museums, bells, statues are placed. Along with Emerald Buddha, Lord Ganesha also resides here. From the temple, the Chiang Mai city can be viewed.

The typical architecture is finely blended with Buddhist culture and customs. The relics of Buddha’s bone crafted in white elephant makes it the most sacred site for Buddhists.
It is a must-see temple in Thailand.

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Wat Benchamabophit Dusitvanaram
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Wat Benchamabophit Dusitvanaram Rajawarawiharn – Marble Temple

Made up of Italian Carrara marble, it is one of the most beautiful temples in Thailand, located in Bangkok. The temple is adorned with a marble statue of lions as guards, pillars, and courtyard. A Bodhi tree from Bodh Gaya adorns the ordination wall.

The Phra BuddhaChinnaret depicting Mara mudra in a blue-lit background is splendid. The blend of Thai and Chinese architecture is grandeur in itself.

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Wat Ratchabophit
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Wat Ratchabophit

It has a Sri Lankan style architecture temple located in Bangkok near Grand Royal Palace. Also known as a temple with a royal cemetery. Visiting temples in Thailand become mandatory because of the faith and majesty of Lord Buddha.

The temple has a circular courtyard with a large viharn and ordination hall containing a Lopburi style Buddha image. The door and window frames are adorned with gold and a mirror. Outside is decorated with handmade glace tiles. Monument remains of royals are here. The important four golden chedis are significant.

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Wat Phra Kew
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Temple of the Emerald Buddha

Also called WatPhra Kew, located in Bangkok, is the holiest Buddhist site. The temple was completed in 1784. The Emerald Buddha image was cast in the 14th century and is believed to be the oldest statue of Buddha existing. The temple is colorful, and the golden chedi is beautiful. It is the biggest temple in Thailand.

The emerald statue is sacred, only the king is allowed to touch it three times a year.
Owning a small replica Emerald Buddha is subject to prosperity, legitimacy, and protection of the nation. It also comes under top temples in Thailand.

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Phra Pathommachedi
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Phra Pathommachedi

It has the tallest stupa of Thailand, located in Nakhon Pathom province. The ordination hall, viharas, and meditation hall is. The highlight of the temple is a 15.86m tall statue of standing Buddha.

Around the statue is a symbol of Buddha’s birth, seven lotus flowers, a Bodhi tree depicting enlightenment of Buddha. Festivals to honor Buddha statue is held every year. The adjoining area depicts the ancient dvaravati culture.

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Wat Chiang Man
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Wat Chiang Man

This Thailand temple is located in Chiang Mai. The temple is adorned with Buddha in various forms, and the temple complex has blend architecture. The famous Crystal statue of Buddha with the belief of healing power is also here. There is a beautiful, well-maintained garden in the premises to relax. Chiang Mai has beautiful temples to see in Thailand.

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Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, Ayutthaya
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Wat Phra Sri Sanphet

It is a national historic site and the most famous temple in Thailand located in Ayutthaya Province. Strange but true, here resides no monks. The temple is used for Royal ceremonies as a ritual to drink an oath of allegiance.

It is lo located in Grand Royal palace and is a Royal Monastery. The 18th century three cone-shaped chedis overcame Burmese attack are the witness to its majestic architecture of the era.

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Wat Bowoniwet Vihara
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Wat Bowoniwet Vihara

It was built in the 19th century and is located in Bangkok. The temple comprises a noticeable structure chedi, ubosot, viharas, a Ho Trai, Bodhi Tree, and many kutis. There is a sacred relic in chedi. Carvings of important Buddhist event is there. Scriptures written on dry palm leaves are saved here. The temple holds strong ties with the Royal family.

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Wat Hong Rattanaram Ratchaworawihan
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Wat Hong Rattanaram Ratchaworawihan

It is one of the oldest temples in Thailand. The temple was built by a wealthy Chinese, hence named after him. The ordination hall is adorned with Mahanipatajataka.

The inside of the temple is sacredly decorated with ardent Buddhist symbols. Sermon hall has a beautiful golden Buddha statue.  There is also a sacred pool on-premises.

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Wat Arun Ratchawararam
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Wat Arun Ratchavararam

The temple is located on the banks of the river Chao Phraya in Bangkok. The temple is named from the Hindu God Aruna, also known as Temple of Dawn.

It is the most beautiful temple in Thailand. The porcelain crusted colorful prang is the main feature here. The ordination hall has a Niramitr Buddha image. Indian mythology is also depicted in the middle prang. It is undoubtedly on the list while visiting Thailand’s temples.

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Wat Suan Dok
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Wat Suan Dok

This Thailand temple is located at Chiang Mai. Lanna style pagodas are here. A Chiang Saen style Buddha is seated in ordination hall.

Also, its surrounding is quite photogenic. A white elephant demise site is adorned in white adds beauty to the sacred site. The temple entrance is quite decorated.

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Take a Trip to the White Temple a must thing to do in Chiang Rai

White Temple

Also known as Wat rang Khun, situated in Chiang Mai. The white temple is the best temple in Thailand to visit due to its marvelous architecture. The white color signifies the purity of Lord Buddha.

The white structure is decorated with glass and ornating carvings on the wall. One gets to see here the gate of heaven, the cycle of rebirth, and the golden building. It is a very famous temple in Thailand.

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Wat Saket
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Wat Saket (Phu Khao Thong)

Also known as Temple of the Golden Mount located in an island area of Bangkok. The temple chedi rests on an 80-meter high mountain known as Golden Mountain. The mountain holds the debris of 18th-century plague dead often known as ‘ghost gate.’ On reaching the top whole of Bangkok can be viewed. It is one of the highest temples in Thailand.

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Wat Chaiwatthanaram
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Wat Chaiwatthanaram

Located in Ayutthaya, one of the temples to see in Thailand. It was built in the year 1630. Khmer style architecture is seen here. Since the temple is on Chao Phraya riverbank, boat ride would be best for sightseeing too.

There are eight chedis decorated with reliefs depicting jataka tales. Fragments of gold plated Buddha temple is seen here. The temple is a significant tourist attraction and Ayutthaya’s best temple.

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Wat Suthat
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Wat Suthat

The temple is located in Bangkok and is one of the largest Temples in Thailand. The walls of the viharn are adorned with expensive mural paintings showcasing the previous life of Buddha.

The paintings of King Rama is displayed at the entrance. The giant teak wood swing is the attraction site. The temple is placed in first grade of Royal Temples and among the top temples in Thailand.

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Wat Mahathat
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Wat Mahathat

Also known as the temple of relic located in Ayutthaya national park. The ruins of huge prang can be seen here. It contains relics of Buddha. Buddha’s head entwined in a tree trunk is the most photographed site of the whole Ayuttaya.

The courtyard is housed with many images of Buddha. The largest amulet market in Thailand is here only. A great center for Buddhist meditation. Once, it was the residence of the leader of Buddhist monks.

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